DEMAREE: Early look at UK v UL football
Maurice Grinter
Maurice Grinter

Posted Jul 12, 2006


With less than two months before kickoff and having attended the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals spring football exhibitions, Lonny Demaree brings the early KSR analysis of this year's Kentucky vs. Louisville football game.

What we look for as a snapshot at any game or scrimmage, is a player that jumps out at you, especially on defense. Whether or not this player has been previously identified, is irrelevant.

This writer makes it a policy to attend U of L’s spring game to get that snapshot as well as overall evaluation of the opponent. Unlike in the past, no single player jumped out on defense, such as a Sam Madison, Elvis Dumervil, Dewayne White, Brandon Johnson, Kerry Rhodes, Curry Burns etc. This is not to say they are not going to be good on defense.

What we know: Just on reputation alone, with Brian Brohm, Louisville has an edge at quarterback. Of course coming off knee surgery, that will be the first look at the enemy.

What we learned: At wide receiver, Mario Urrutia is a big play threat but he’s not immune to drops. He had five in the spring game and Harry Douglass had one. They are deeper than Kentucky at that position. Comparing work ethic and leadership, no one on either team compares to Keenan Burton. Advantage Louisville.

What we know: Michael Bush alone gives Louisville an edge at running back. However, looking at the potential of both backfields and the addition of Maurice Grinter in the Kentucky backfield, the Wildcats pull dead even. We don’t know what to expect from Grinter carrying the ball, but pass skeleton drills has shown he has good hands in catching the ball and he gives them that big bull-back in the backfield. Reportedly Kentucky's Alfonso Smith also has a tremendous work ethic.

What we suspect: Coach Rich Brooks has said that this offensive line could be as good and as deep as any he’s ever coached. Though Louisville lost three starters at that position, they should still be strong. The Cardinals' O-line coach, Mike Summers has been a tremendous asset but we will give the advantage to Kentucky.

What we suspect: Tight ends are even with a standoff between Louisville's Gary Barnidge and Kentucky's Jacob Tamme. For the first time in a long time, UK looks like an SEC team at tight end.

What we know: Louisville has some big shoes to fill on defense given the loss of Elvis Dumervil, Montavious Stanley, Brandon Johnson, and Chad Rimpsey. But they should still be solid on defense. Kentucky was extremely young on defense last season and with maturity and some key additions, they should make a significant jump on defense. Could Myron Prior do to Brohm what Jeremy Caudill did to Dave Ragone? The Wildcats need what defensive end Dominic Lewis did in the spring to carry over to the fall. Advantage Louisville.

What we know: This writer, having on several occasions this summer, encountered Kentucky defensive back coach Steve Brown on the driving range, putting a golf club in his hand, he will wax anybody on the Louisville staff. Advantage Kentucky.


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